Hoku Nohara Named 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

STARKVILLE, MS - Former New Mexico State softball player Hoku Nohara earned 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-American Second Team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the organization announced Wednesday.

A departing senior, Nohara is the only player from a non-BCS conference to attain first or second team honors from the NFCA this season. She also stands as the lone All-American selection from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in 2011. Fifty-four student-athletes from 29 different institutions representing 11 conferences earned the honor of being named to one of the three Division I All-American teams this year.

Nohara is the second Aggie in program history to earn NFCA All-American honors. Former NM State third baseman Stephanie Bonillas claimed third team recognition in 1997.

"We are thrilled that the NFCA honored Hoku as an All-American," said Aggie associate head coach Cat Heifner. "She put up amazing offensive numbers against some of the best teams in the nation. She deserves this accolade and we are glad to see her hard work recognized nationally."

Nohara recently signed a professional contract with the Akron Racers of the National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) league. She led the nation in home runs in 2011, hitting 24 pitches out of the ballpark. Nohara also led the country in home runs per game and in slugging percentage at 1.007.

As an Aggie first baseman and designated player, Nohara recorded a prolific senior season at the plate. She set new NM State single-season and career home run marks this year. Nohara also broke the WAC career record with 64 home runs over four seasons.

In addition to the new home run mark, Nohara now claims six other career NM State records including slugging percentage (.738), RBI (209), walks (138), total bases (450), on-base percentage (.490) and putouts (1,209). She also notched single-season records in six of those categories this season, excluding putouts.

A two-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region honoree, Nohara earned first team recognition for the second straight season last month. Earlier this year, Nohara claimed her third All-WAC selection as a first team member. In 2010, she received second team honors after being recognized on the first team as a sophomore.

After leaving an indelible mark on the Aggie softball program, Nohara begins her professional career shortly. The Racers begin exhibition play this week leading up to the season opener against the NPF Diamonds on Thursday, June 9.